CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
As a corporate citizen, San Miguel Foods recognizes its responsibility in helping create a better world, starting with areas where the business operates. Being one of the country’s largest food companies with products that span various categories, the Company commits to do its part in providing solutions not only for nutrition and health, but for other pillars of social development as well.
What started out as a supplemental nutrition program for children affected by malnutrition, Handog Lusog Nutrisyon Para Sa Nasyon, in 2010 has now evolved into Handog—a simpler name for the San Miguel Food Group’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program, but definitely more holistic in coverage with its five (5) subcategories: Karunungan, Kalusugan, Komunidad, Kalikasan, and Kabuhayan.
Scholarship for SEED beneficiaries in Sumilao, Bukidnon
The School for Experiential Education Development (SEED) is a two-year program that follows TESDA’s accredited curriculum for social entrepreneurship training. Underprivileged youth in Sumilao get to be part of a school where they learn about agri-business. The goal is for them to produce products of their own that the company can also help sell through its different businesses. San Miguel Foods’ Handog provides funding for the miscellaneous educational expenses of the scholars.
Happy si Mommy, Malusog si Baby: A First 1,000 Days Project
Happy si Mommy, Malusog si Baby is a health and nutrition intervention for the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, starting from the mother’s conception until the child reaches the age of two.
This program aims to promote coral propagation among San Miguel employees. Employee volunteers are initially taught about the protection of corals and marine life, especially since the Philippines, particularly Mabini, Batangas, is globally known as a center of marine biodiversity. Licensed employee divers and their family and friends then participate in various coral propagation activities.
Hogriculture: Conditional Hog Dispersal Project
Hogriculture is a project that conditionally provides hogs to indigent families. They will also receive initial feeds, animal healthcare, and technical support from the BMEG team. This sustainable livelihood program is embedded with a mechanism that requires beneficiaries to return a certain number of piglets fore very successful breeding. A percentage of the returned piglets will then be given to more identified indigent families for possible expansion and another will be sold for program sustainability.
Support to Communities
Handog partners with communities in helping address socio-economic problems and provides the resources needed to assist them in their advocacies.
As a member of the SMC group of companies, Handog supports the SMC Foundation’s purpose of creating a lasting impact in all SMC communities. Similarly, Handog also supports the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals that takes aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.